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As far-right sentiment surges in France - and lawmakers continue to concern themselves with hijab bans - the time is urgently right for artists to challenge the country’s enduring history of Islamophobia. ‘Nobody’s Hero’ seems like a useful contribution in that regard.
Set amid the tense aftermath of a radical terrorist attack in the placid central French city of Clermont Ferrand, Guiraudie’s film wryly comments on a middle-class society that oscillates between liberal altruism and wary prejudice.
This setup is combined by a separate narrative detailing the same protagonist’s troubled romance with a married local sex worker: Both a bedroom farce, and vital political satire.
- CHICHESTER EXCLUSIVE